Vintage Sheet Pajamas

Happy Wednesday sewing friends!  I have the cutest pajamas to show off today! I am awfully lucky to have several really good thrift stores near my house.  They sell some of the best vintage sewing patterns, sewing notions, sheets, and even boots!  You never know the goodies you’ll find, which is most of the fun of thrift store shopping.  It’s like a treasure hunt!

Catnap Pyjamas :: Dandelion Drift

Well I snagged this sheet almost two years ago and finally found the perfect pattern to pair with it!  Toni of Make it Perfect just released a new pajama pattern for kids.  I don’t know if this just happens in my house, but pajamas are always needed here.  Both kids are growing so quickly and always telling me their jams don’t fit!

Catnap Pyjamas :: Dandelion Drift

I sewed Sweet Pea the Catnap Pyjamas (I love how pajamas is spelled differently in different countries!) in a size 10.  I love it when sewing pattern designers make patterns in larger kid sizes.  My almost 12 year old is getting so tall that she definitely needs the larger sizes.

Catnap Pyjamas :: Dandelion Drift

I lengthened the top of the size 10 pajamas by one inch, and left the shorts as instructed.  The instructions Toni put together for the pajamas are great, and the pattern came together easily!  I’m just a little bit jealous I didn’t save this sheet to make myself some jams.

Catnap Pyjamas :: Dandelion Drift

Quick Detials:

Fabric: vintage sheet

Pattern:  Catnap Pyjamas

Size:  10

Alterations:  lengthened top 1 inch

Mood Fabric Giveaweay

Silk Colfax Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Hey there and happy Mother’s Day Weekend!  I have a fun guest post over on the Mood Sewciety Blog this weekend sharing all the details of my new silk Colfax Dress!

Silk Colfax Dress :: Dandelion Drift

This is the first time I’ve sewn with silk and I was a little bit intimidated at first.  All of my worries were unwarranted though, and sewing with silk turned out to be a lot of fun!

Silk Colfax Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Hop on over to Mood Sewciety to read all of the details about this dress, but not before you enter the giveaway!

Silk Colfax Dress :: Dandelion Drift

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Silk Colfax Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Happy Weekend Sewing Friends!

 

Mini Colfax Dress

Mini Colfax Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Mini Colfax Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Last week I shared my Colfax Dress with you, and this week I have a mini version for Sweet Pea!  Kelli of True Bias just released the mini colfax dress pattern yesterday and it is just as good as the adult version!

Mini Colfax Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Mini Colfax Dress :: Dandelion Drift

This is the tester version that I sewed for my girl, and again (just like the adult one) I have another dress planned to sew up from the pattern!

Mini Colfax Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I sewed up the min colfax in this cute rayon print fabric that I grabbed from the indiesew shop (no longer available).  I let Sweet Pea decide what fabric she wanted me to make her dress out of and of course she grabbed this cute lovebird fabric.

Mini Colfax Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I sewed version A because I couldn’t imagine using a contrast print with this fabric and covering up any of those cute birds.  I have the tiniest piece of this fabric leftover and I’m hoping it’s enough to squeak something out for myself!

One more shot of the yoke detail on the dress, because that is definitely my favorite detail!

Mini Colfax Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Quick Glimpse

Pattern:  Mini Colfax Dress

Fabric:  Rayon Challis from Indiesew (no longer available)

Size:  10

Changes Made:  I lengthened the pattern 3 inches (Sweet Pea is tall and slim, so definitely needed the extra length)

 

Colfax Dress

Colfax Dress :: Dandelion Drift

So to date, I’ve sewn all of True Bias’s women’s and girl’s patterns, and I’d hate to break a streak!  Kelli has a new pattern out, the Colfax Dress, and I love the yoke and sleeve details!  I helped her test this pattern and her patterns are always really great!  They are so great that I cut right into some good fabric to test the pattern!

Colfax Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I sewed this version in Anna Maria Horner Loominous fabric.  (I grabbed mine from the imagine gnats shop, but she is sold out.  You can find it here though!)  The yoke and binding fabric, that was a thrift store miracle.  That is thrifted fabric that matches the loominous fabric perfectly!

Colfax Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I know this may sound funny, but I’ve shied away from wearing tank tops recently.  When I was in high school, I was known for having pretty muscular arms.  I was a swimmer.  And I was proud of it!  Well then I grew up and became a little embarrassed about my arms being muscular!  Well, my perspective has changed lately!  God’s made me prone to arm muscles, and that’s not a bad thing!  In fact it’s kind of fun!

Colfax Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I go to a boot camp workout and love knocking out push ups.  Well, I don’t love it in the moment, but at the end when I’ve done a whole workout that totals 100 push ups throughout the hour, I feel pretty strong, and pretty grateful for these muscles!

Colfax Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Okay, back to the dress!  Ha! I love the a line shape of the colfax dress!  I think it’s pretty flattering, and extremely comfortable!  I worked hard to make sure that the plaid of the loominous fabrc matched up on each side.  I didn’t have enough yardage to center any stripes on the back of the dress, but I was aware of my stripe placement on the front of the dress.

Colfax Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I have some fancy silk fabric set aside to make another colfax dress in the next couple of weeks!  Have you been doing any new sewing lately?

Colfax Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Quick Glance:

Pattern:  Colfax Dress

Fabric:  Anna Maria Horner Loominous

Size:  6

Alterations I made:  I moved the bust darts up and in

Alterations for the future:  I need to do a small bust adjustment next time, and add 1 inch to the length

Birkin Flares

Hey there, happy Tuesday!  I am so excited to share these with you.  I’ve had these Birkin Flares in my closet (and on me, because I’ve been wearing them frequently) for so long and really wanted to wait and share my opinion with you until I’ve had sufficient wear and experience with these jeans!

Birkin Flares :: Dandelion Drift

Okay, these are the Birkin Flares (jeans pattern by Lauren Dahl of Baste and Gather).  I have to start this by telling you, never, ever, ever did I want to sew jeans.  I’m not a fancy jeans wearer, not a fancy jeans buyer, so thought for sure I would not be a fancy jeans sewer!  Wrong.

Birkin Flares :: Dandelion Drift

I’ve been buying strictly thrift store jeans for years.  My size is pretty standard and it is easy enough for me to find decent jeans ranging in price from $1 to $5, so I thought there is absolutely no need for me to ever sew jeans.  Well, Lauren was designing this pattern and I read the high waist description.  That definitely appealed to me!  I cannot find high waisted jeans in a thrift store (unless they are a bad flash back to mom jeans of the 80s).  So I thought I’d give this jeans sewing thing a try!

Birkin Flares :: Dandelion Drift

I am in love!  I thought it would be hard and challenging to sew jeans, and it turns out it really isn’t that complicated.  It is time consuming, definitely a time investment, but also definitely worth it (I think)!  These are the most flattering jeans I own, and the most comfortable jeans!

Birkin Flares :: Dandelion Drift

Here are the details.  I sewed a size 27 and am pretty happy with the fit.  My jeans don’t sag at all.  I never have to pull them up or yank them back into their place throughout the day.  I think a large part of that is a good fit, but also good fabric.  I bought cone mills denim from Katie at Threadbare Fabrics and will absolutely buy more denim from her in the future.  I have sewn another pair of jeans in other denim and the quality is not the same.  I am a cone mills fan for sure!

Birkin Flares :: Dandelion Drift

The rivets I used are just leftover rivets I had on hand from this caravan tote.  I want to try actual jeans rivets in the future (like these).  I also just used a jeans button from JoAnn (again would like to try the buttons from TaylorTailor’s shop).  And the topstitching thread is from JoAnn’s (Gutterman brand).

Birkin Flares :: Dandelion Drift

Also, those t shirts you see up there.  They are Lark Tees and I’m talking about them today over on the imagine gnats blog…go check them out!

Quick Glance:

Pattern:  Birkin Flares

Size:  27

Modifications:  Shorten one inch (1/2 inch from each shorten line, one above the knee, one below the knee).

Fabric:  12 oz. cone mills denim

 

 

Roscoe Dress

Roscoe Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Hey there!  Happy Thursday!  I have a great dress for you today that started with the fabric!  I found this rayon challis print at JoAnn’s and bought as much as was left on the bolt.  I think it was right around two yards.  I looked at the patterns I owned and thought Kelli’s Roscoe Dress pattern would be a perfect match!

Roscoe Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Well, two yards is just enough for the roscoe top, so I crossed my fingers and hoped I could squeeze a dress out of my little yardage.  I didn’t bother trying to match stripes or the print at all, I just wanted my pattern pieces to fit on the fabric!

Roscoe Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I ended up cutting the top portion for view b of the roscoe and lengthened it as much as I could (I think it was 3 or 4 inches).  I didn’t have enough for the bottom ruffle, but that all worked out because the lengthening brought my dress to exactly where I wanted it to land!

Roscoe Dress :: Dandelion Drift

The roscoe dress sewed up easily and I love the way it turned out!  I measured for a size 4, but cut out the size 2 instead.  I hand stitched the bottom hem and the binding around the neck and sleeves.

Roscoe Dress :: Dandelion Drift

And I can’t leave without mentioning the boots!  I found these at the thrift store for $5!  They are frye boots, in great condition, in my size!  These are what thrifting dreams are made of!

Roscoe Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Quick Glance:

Pattern:  Roscoe Dress

Size:  2

Fabric:  Rayon Challis from JoAnn’s

Modifications:  Lengthened the top of view b 3 or 4 inches and sized down one size

Mission Maxi Dress

Mission Maxi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Hey there! Hold onto your seats because this week I have two posts for you. I had a kid free evening at the end of last week and grabbed a handful of outfits, my sweet husband, the camera and set out to get some outfit pictures of what I have been sewing!  I even should have a couple more posts for you next week!  But let me start you with this first dress, the Mission Maxi Dress by Jamie Christina.

Mission Maxi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I have embarrassingly had this pattern for a while, at least a year.  I’ve decided it’s time to start sewing the things that have been on my to sew list for too long.  I grabbed a couple of yards of this St. James stripe from fabric.com (it was on sale and actually still is).  I’ve used this fabric before (different color combo) for the Marianne Dress and knew that I liked the weight and stretch of the fabric.

Mission Maxi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I have to tell you I was nervous about sewing this pattern.  I’ve heard that it is overly fitted and I would agree with that.  I took a few precautionary steps though.  My sizes put me in a size 6 up top and 10 at the hips.  I graded from a 6 to a 12 to make sure the dress was not tight on my hips and toosh, and I’m happy with how it turned out.  I sewed everything on my serger, except for the hem, which I used a twin needle.

Mission Maxi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

As far as patterns go, this is a very simple pattern without very thorough instructions.  If you were new to sewing knits, I’d tell you to hold off until you have a feel for sewing bindings first.  The instructions are definitely lacking when it comes to the bindings.  But everything else was great.  If you’ve sewn a t shirt or two before, you’ll be just fine with the pattern.

Mission Maxi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I definitely would sew this again, and the only changes I would make next time is to raise the front scoop at least 1/2 inch to ensure full coverage, and I need to hem it a little bit shorter.  In fact, this dress is sitting by my sewing machine waiting for me to hem another 1/2 inch while I still have the twin needle on there!

Mission Maxi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Here’s a quick glance at the details:

Pattern:  Mission Maxi Dress

Size:  6 graded to a 12 at the hips

Fabric:  St. James Stripe

Changes I’d make next time:  raise front scoop 1/2 inch, hem slightly shorter

Mission Maxi Dress :: Dandelion Drift

DIY Curtains

Growing up, my parents let me choose what color my room would be painted, and I love that about them!  I love that I had creative license over my room.  Josh and I started letting our kids do the same thing!  Sweet Pea recently (okay a year ago) changed her room from pink (a color she now hates) to this ocean-y blue.

DIY Curtains Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

The green curtains that hung in her pink room no longer matched, so I started shopping around for curtains.  I kept coming back to this idea….you are a sewist, why don’t you just sew the curtains!  Time…that’s why.  If I had all the time in the world I’d sew everything I could.  But my time is limited and I definitely can’t sew everything!  Sweet Pea’s room sat without curtains for an entire year while I sat indecisive, buy or sew, buy or sew!

DIY Curtains Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

Then Lauren from My Fabric Designs contacted me to see if I’d like to try out some of their fabric.  I immediately thought of Sweet Pea’s naked windows and started shopping around.  I knew the golden spots on this fabric would match her room her and add a little calm to her bright walls.

DIY Curtains Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

There are a variety of fabric types to choose at My Fabric Designs, but for these curtains I ordered the basic combed cotton.  They are slightly see through, which is perfect for the airy look I wanted in Sweet Pea’s room!

DIY Curtains Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

DIY Curtains Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

I actually took a curtain making class over a decade a go, and I broke a few of the curtain rules I learned in that class, shhh, don’t tell my teacher!  I needed to take a few shortcuts to save me on time!

DIY Curtains Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

If you want to see the drop cloth curtains I sewed for BUbba’s room, you can spot them here.

And if you’re curious about Sweet Pea’s quilt, that info is over here!

DIY Curtains Tutorial :: Dandelion Drift

Indiesew Spring Collection 2016

Sanibel Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Hey there!  It’s almost spring time which means that Allie over at Indiesew has put together a new collection.  I really love looking at her collections and seeing which patterns she has grabbed together and made a great little wardrobe out of.  She always sews and photographs things beautifully (just look at the amazing patterns and photos below)!  This time around she has these great five patterns bundled together for the Indisew Spring Collection:

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I grabbed the Sanibel Dress and a few yards of rayon fabric and started sewing.  The fabric is from JoAnn’s and I love that they have started carrying more and more rayon prints.  This piece of fabric, though, I fell in love with the wrong side.  It’s really supposed to be a black and cream print, but I love the muted gray and white tones of the wrong side, so I sewed it wrong side out.

Sanibel Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Sanibel Dress :: Dandelion Drift

The Sanibel dress came together really easily.  It does have many steps since it is a collared button down, but I really love these projects that are a little more time consuming!  They leave me feeling like a sewing genius (when really I’m just good at following instructions, ha!).  I sewed a size small, grading out to a medium in my hips.  There’s enough ease in the pattern, though, that I think I would sew a size small all the way through next time!

Sanibel Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Sanibel Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I was meticulous with my pattern matching on this project.  The pattern matches everywhere (across the front buttons, the pockets on the skirts, side seams, even the back yoke).  Pattern matching isn’t complicated, just a little more time consuming.  I definitely think it’s worth the extra time and effort!

Sanibel Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Sanibel Dress :: Dandelion Drift

For the tie on the dress I wanted to do something other than fabric, but couldn’t find any cording in the right color.  I grabbed white cording and dyed it gray with some black acrylic paint mixed with water!

Sanibel Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Okay, enough about my dress, back to Indiesew’s Spring Collection…I’ve sewn the Birkin Flares (you can see them here in my ig account) and they are another one of those projects that leave you feeling like a sewing genius!  The birkins are my best fitting jeans that I own and I definitely need to carve out more time to sew jeans!  I also cannot wait to sew the rest of the patterns from the collection.

Allie has organized a group of ladies to show off these patterns, you definitely should go take a look at them!

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February 24: Fleurine | Sew Marie Fleur
February 25: Teresa | Dandelion Drift
February 26: Lauren | Right Sides Together
February 29: Erin | Sewbon
March 1: Beth | Sew DIY
March 2: Emily | In the Folds
March 3: Caroline | Sew Caroline
March 4: Lauren | Baste + Gather
March 5: Sophie | Ada Spragg

Ultimate Wrap Dress

Ultimate Wrap Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I truly think the wrap dress is the most universally flattering silhouette.  Because of this, I decided I definitely should try my hand at sewing the Ultimate Wrap Dress pattern by Sew Over It (paper pattern from Indiesew).  This is the first wrap dress I have ever owned, and definitely won’t be the last!  I love how it turned out!

Ultimate Wrap Dress :: Dandelion Drift

Ultimate Wrap Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I sewed this dress up in black bamboo knit fabric from fabric depot (seems they are out of stock right now).  Bamboo knit might just be my favorite fabric ever.  It has gorgeous drape and holds up well in the wash.  I used to love rayon knit for it’s drapiness (I don’t think that’s a word but we’ll go with it) but I have never found a rayon knit that doesn’t pill in the wash.  Is that just me?  Well, bamboo knit, I’ve found is absolutely perfect!

Ultimate Wrap Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I sewed a size 8, which is a bit smaller than my measurements place me, but I was in between sizes and thought the knit fabric would be forgiving enough.  Everything was sewed up as explained in the instructions and the only change I made was to shorten the sleeves.

Ultimate Wrap Dress :: Dandelion Drift

I’ve only had a chance to wear this out once, and wasn’t 100% comfortable that the wrap would stay closed up top, so I have it secretly safety pinned to keep the bust line closed.  The skirt portion of the wrap is absolutely perfect, completely covering everything without any fear of flashing!  Next time I sew this, I think I’ll add an inch to lengthen the skirt portion.

Ultimate Wrap Dress :: Dandelion Drift

This ultimate wrap dress definitely makes me feel very feminine (without being to showy)!

Want to see some other great wrap dress sewn around the web?  Here are a few I love!

Ultimate Wrap Dress :: Dandelion Drift